The Giving Season
As I write this, our weather is actually beautiful, but we are bracing for some snow that our neighbors across the South and Northeast had all last weekend. We have many patients who need our help, and it seems many more do during these darker days of winter. Our staff always flourishes during this time, providing the help that each patient needs. For all of this, we are grateful.
Again this year, our hospital units have received the goodwill of some of community groups through gifts of funds or presents for our patients. Our own staff has been donating generously to our cereal drive for Manna Meal, as well as items our patients need like coats and gloves because many arrive with nothing of their own. The generosity of all is what makes our companies a wonderful place to be.
Finally, this week, we joined together to light our tree at the hospital. In 2013, we planted a little evergreen in our courtyard, and staff decorated ornaments to place on the tree—in celebration of life, of those who have passed on, and of fellowship. This year, the tree has continued to flourish, and staff members are decorating it with their ornaments from past years, which are being added to by new staff. We again lit the tree and enjoyed some hot chocolate and cookies made by our own staff. It’s always fun to see the staff members find their ornaments year after year, remembering when they were created. Some staff members have retired, and we hang their ornaments to honor their service to our companies. The little tree, now quite grand, symbolizes our growth, our strength, and our hope for the future along with our remembrance of our past.
Charlie Brown told Snoopy, “It doesn’t matter what is under your tree; it’s who is around it.” That’s a fitting quotation for this season of celebration, good colleagues and good deeds, and of shining lights.